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Sendungsinhalt: Ganz schön behämmert - Spechten auf der Spur

Thanks to ornithologist Klaus Ruge and camera man Markus Zeugin, we get a look inside a woodpecker-family's nest. The secret of how the young woodpeckers develop from hatching to their first flight is revealed.

Knocking on Wood

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Woodpecker researchers

00:00 – 02:03

Woodpecker researcher Klaus Ruge and animal movie maker Markus Zeugin explore the life of woodpeckers. Modern woodpecker research includes the use of a lot of technical resources. The scientists visit the woodpeckers' park with a well-equipped lorry.

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The woodpecker chicks hatch

02:03 – 07:55

The scientists watch their subjects around the clock. They employ everything they have at their disposition: Camouflage tent, miniature transmitter, several cameras. They manage to equip the woodpecker with a miniature transmitter. That way, they can follow the bird to its tree cavity containing seven eggs. The woodpecker couple will affectionaltey hatch those over the next days. From now on, a camera watches the cavity's interior. After nine days, the chicks hatch out.

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A look into the nursery

07:55 – 11:24

Tirelessly, the parents feed their offspring. Despite the wet weather, five of the seven chicks survive. The camera watches every progress in the woodpeckers' cavity. While the scientists log every observation, they publish new texts, images, and videos to the internet from their film studio in the forest every day. Klaus Ruge writes a woodpecker diary for the website.

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Becoming fully fledged

11:24 – Ende

Soon, the young woodpeckers will become fully fledged. Their parents try to attract them to the cavity's exit by feeding them on its border. Before the young leave the nest, Klaus Ruge climbs the tree to bring them to the forest studio for close inspection and documentation. As soon as this is done, the chicks are of course brought back to their tree so they can learn to fly from way up there.